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His name isn't on the ballot, but expect to hear a lot about him during Kentucky's gubernatorial campaign

Josh James

One name that voters are likely to hear a lot during the contest for governor isn’t actually on the ticket, but he’s at the center of Republican efforts to paint Kentucky school leadership as beholden to the left.

If you haven’t heard of Jason Glass, get ready for an education this campaign season.

GOP nominee for governor Daniel Cameron called out the education commissioner Tuesday for comments that have riled Republicans – suggesting thatteachers who can’t execute district policies on how to address gender might belong in another job.

"Ladies and gentlemen, that's not the right answer. The right answer is that Jason Glass and Andy Beshear need to find a another job and we will help them do that in November," Cameron said.

While Gov. Andy Beshear didn’t mention Glass by name Tuesday, he did briefly take aim at ads aired by Republicans, some of which incorporated Glass’ comments.

"Their commercials are a steady, dangerous drumbeat of fear and division, running Kentucky down, attacking our educators, our healthcare heroes, anyone that they can make the bogeyman that month," the incumbent Democrat said.

Glass had been in the running for a Maryland superintendent job that could have taken him out of the spotlight during the campaign, but he was passed over for that position.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.